Do you Minecraft? Do you even know what Minecraft is? If you have kids I’ll bet they do! Well I have a confession for all of you… I’m thirty COUGH
eightCOUGH and I do in fact play Minecraft.
Ok so for those of you who don’t know: Minecraft is a video game that has caught on like wildfire among kids… well everywhere! It’s more or less like being in a world made of Lego. In recent months you may have noticed apparel popping up at department stores, foam swords, pickaxes, and square cardboard heads at the Halloween stores… I’m telling you kids are going crazy for it. The game originally started sometime around 2010 for the PC. My kids found out about it shortly after and it immediately peaked my interest.
I was always a big fan of Lego growing up and started buying my kids Lego sets as soon as they were old enough to not-choke on the pieces. So to be able to play a game where you put yourself in a giant world that builds alot like Lego without the restrictions of having to spend thousands on bricks really appealed to me. We started out playing the free version (available at the time)… but it wasn’t long until I had purchased us each an account. The game allows for you to interact with each other in the same world so I found myself learning how to set up a dedicated server out of my home. It didn’t take too long for me to decide this still wasn’t good enough so I broke down and paid a company to host a server for us.
Now, I don’t have my kids full time. In the beginning I was very single and when my kids were with their mother this game allowed me to interact with them while I was home alone with nothing to do. I found myself staying up till all hours of the night to build a giant castle or statue to surprise them when they logged in the next day. For Christmas I even built a giant Santa that played “Jingle Bells” and showered them with diamonds. (It’s complicated trust me) It got to be a great creative outlet for me. I used to draw and paint when I was younger but after college that all just sort of faded away, but with this… the whole (virtual) world was my canvas and I was constantly trying to build bigger, more complicated structures.
These days I work longer hours, have a live-in girlfriend, and developed other hobbies and activities so I don’t play as much as I used to. But every once in a while I feel the urge to go on and put together some new awe-inspiring creation only to wipe the map or never go back and visit it again. They have another version of Minecraft for the Xbox 360 which I understand is slightly different although I’ve never played it. They have also announced that they are bringing it to the Playstation… I may have to pick that one up just to see…
Do your kids play Minecraft? PC or Xbox? I would be willing to allow kids of my readers access to the server if you’re interested 🙂